SPEECHES

Kevin Doyle -- artist.

SPEECHES will be a series of films for public spaces and online applications, that asks Iraqi refugees and Syrian refugees to directly read into a camera and repeat verbatim, the actual original speeches by President Bush and President Obama delivered in 2003 and 2012 (respectively) about these two Presidents military actions in the refugees' home countries. Each recreated filmed speech would be followed by long-form interviews with each Iraqi and Syrian refugee that communicates their story in detail.

The goal of SPEECHES is to subvert the original context and meaning of speeches delivered by President Bush and President Obama -- and demonstrate in real-time via collage, juxtaposition, and editing -- how the bold pronouncements from American Presidents did not deliver the intended hope, but rather the polar oppositefor the residents of Iraq and Syria.

Kevin Doyle - writer / director

"Svaneke" - *world premiere* - May 2021 at Bornholms Teater, Denmark

"Les années amputées" - *French translation* - October 2020 at Théâtre Périscope, Québec City, Canada

"8:46" - *new play completed* - June 2020. New York, NY

"THE AЯTS" - world premiere - September 2018 at La MaMa E.T.C. New York, NY

Saari Invited Artist at the Saari Residence. Kone Foundation, Finland

Global Connections IN THE LAB Grant. TCG / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, USA

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Finalist. Royal Exchange Theatre, England

 

"The sting of the playwright's satire is softened only by his gift for comic absurdity." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Hilarious satire of social norms that touches on everything that is wrong with America." -- TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Clearly unafraid to deal with reality, and present it unflinchingly." -- SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

"Socially critical drama without an accusing finger or a whiny political tone." -- DE MORGEN

"Doyle's clever, sparing use of language recalls Ionesco's best." -- BACKSTAGE

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